Health

How I Lost 60 Pounds in 60 Weeks (Post Baby)

posted by Andrea | 11/12/2018 | 64 comments

As someone who is anti “diet” and anti “exercise”, I felt a little overwhelmed as I embarked on my first-ever weight-loss journey after Clara was born (60 weeks ago).

I ended up loosing 60 pounds, which was much more than I anticipated in the beginning — I’m sharing my journey in today’s post!

4 Simple Responses for BUSY Adults

posted by Andrea | 10/29/2018 | 3 comments

Last week, I shared my 5 simple responses for BORED children. As a follow-up post, I thought it would be fun to share my 4 simple responses for BUSY adults! 

The next time you feel too BUSY or stretched just a little too thin, try one of these 4 responses to quickly quiet, calm, and de-stress your day.

How I Save BIG On Prescriptions and Blood Work

posted by Andrea | 10/23/2018 | 25 comments

Over the course of our married life, Dave and I have been blessed with very good health. We’ve hardly ever been sick, we usually only visit the doctor for routine checkups, and we’ve hardly had to fill any prescriptions or pay for any medically-related expenses.

This past summer, however, we had several medical expenses… and after talking with my doctor, I found a brilliant and extremely simple way to save BIG on both prescriptions and blood work!

How I Practice Self-Care Every Single Day

posted by Andrea | 10/10/2018 | 31 comments

For a very long time, I had the underlying impression that “self-care” was a LUXURY or an EXTRAVAGANT INDULGENCE… definitely not something the average person could achieve on any sort of regular basis.

Now, many years later, my thoughts and perceptions have changed, and I practice self-care on a daily basis…. I’m sharing SO much more on this in today’s post!

Kid’s Clothing That Works With Our Sensory Issues

posted by Andrea | 09/10/2018 | 45 comments

As many of you know, Nora struggled with several sensory issues as a baby and toddler. The doctors all told me she’d outgrow them by kindergarten… and for the most part, she did! The one area she still struggles with is clothing — she won’t wear anything that doesn’t “feel right”.

Since we just recently purchased several new items of clothing for her, I thought I’d share some of the brands and types of clothing that seem to work well for us — in hopes that maybe it will help some of you with sensory kiddos in your life!

How “Fun Lunches” Simplify Our School Routine

posted by Andrea | 08/30/2018 | 64 comments

When it comes to packing lunches, it’s definitely not my most favorite thing on my list of daily to-do’s, but I certainly don’t despise it the way some of our friends, relatives, and other school families seem to!

In fact, after thinking about lunch packing more this past month, I might know at least one reason I don’t dread or despise packing lunches… I’m sharing my “secret” in today’s post!

Restless Leg Syndrome: 5 Ways I Alleviate Many of My Symptoms

posted by Andrea | 07/26/2018 | 32 comments

For most of my life — even as a very young child — I’ve struggled with occasional to regular Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS).

Although there is no cure for RLS, there are ways to alleviate so many of the symptoms. Today, I’m sharing 5 of the things that have worked for me over the years — as well as a few bonus tips that have worked for various friends and family members!

My Thoughts on “Healthy” Desserts Versus Smaller Portions

posted by Andrea | 06/19/2018 | 47 comments

Over the past 8+ years of sharing recipes and menu plans, I have gotten a large number of comments and questions about the fact that our family enjoys quite a bit of dessert… as well as many requests for “healthier” dessert recipes.

Today, I’m sharing my thoughts on “healthier” desserts, as well as our family’s “all things in moderation” approach to eating (small) sweet treats on daily basis!

How I Find Quiet Time with 4 Kids

posted by Andrea | 06/15/2018 | 29 comments

In general, I like my environment to be very quiet… which, I suppose, is somewhat laughable considering I’m a stay-at-home-mom of 4 little children!

Nevertheless, I regularly find ways to meet my “quiet time quota” each day — which makes for a much happier mama and a much more enjoyable day for everyone! Today, I’m sharing a few ways I find a fair amount of quiet time every day… even with 4 kids! 

How Food Prep Positively Impacts Almost Every Aspect Of My Life

posted by Andrea | 05/29/2018 | 21 comments

I’ve always known food prep was an important piece of the puzzle for my simplified, organized lifestyle; however, it really hasn’t been until the last 9 months of my life that I truly started to realize just how much my entire life “falls apart” when I slack on food prep. 

This knowledge is more than enough for me to continue my not-so-loved task of food prep… as you’ll read in today’s post, it really does positively impact almost every area of my life!

Sitting Is the New Smoking – Simple Ways I Move More

posted by Andrea | 04/26/2018 | 28 comments

Although I know there are many benefits from actual exercise, I also realize that fitting 30-60 minutes of cardio or strength training into each day is completely unrealistic for many people… including myself! 

I promise, I won’t pressure you to exercise daily… instead, I’ll simply encourage you to take a few minutes to MOVE MORE! I’m sharing several ways I move more in today’s post!

The Effects of Sleep On… Everything!

posted by Andrea | 04/17/2018 | 17 comments

Thanks to the fact that all 4 of our children are sleeping through the night on a fairly regular basis, I’ve enjoyed significantly more sleep than I have over the past 6+ years — and WOW has it make a world of difference for me!

After joking with Dave about how my whole quality of life feels exponentially better now that I’m sleeping so much more… I decided to share more on the blog today!

3 Ways to Reduce Decision Fatigue

posted by Andrea | 03/27/2018 | 10 comments

If you think about how many hundreds and thousands of little (and big) decisions we need to make every single day, it’s no wonder so many people suffer from “decision fatigue”.

If you feel like you struggle with decision fatigue, I hope the 3 tips in today’s post will help lighten your load and allow you to make fewer decisions throughout the day. 

That Time I Made Excuses… and how I finally started working towards my goals!

posted by Andrea | 03/2/2018 | 27 comments

After 2 weeks of making excuses after excuses for a ridiculously simple task, I finally put my foot down and decided to make it a priority over everything else on my to-do list.

If you are currently making excuses for a certain goal in your life, I hope today’s post will motivate you to put your foot down and start working towards your goal today!

10 Ways to Be a Lifelong Learner – No School Required

posted by Andrea | 02/22/2018 | 37 comments

One of my college professors would always say, “If you stop learning, you stop living” and I fully agree. There is so much joy and satisfaction that comes from learning and developing a new skill.

Even if you aren’t a “book nerd” and don’t really love the idea of going back to school, there are still MANY ways you can be a lifelong learner.

My Homemade Facewash (8 years later)

posted by Andrea | 02/6/2018 | 47 comments

Just about 8 years ago, I got the crazy idea (after reading it somewhere on the internet) that I wanted to start using OIL to cleanse my face!

That post was so popular that I STILL get comments, questions, and emails asking if we really use oil to cleanse our face… so today, I’m sharing an update, 8 years later!

A Clever Way To Organize Medicine When You’re On The Go

posted by Andrea | 01/12/2018 | 24 comments

Last month, I shared a few simple tips and tricks to quickly organize your medicine cabinet at home… however, for those of you who are regularly away from home, I thought it might be helpful to share a super simple and extremely clever way to keep your meds organized on-the-go.

Another Healthier Habit: Low-Waste Lunches

posted by Andrea | 01/4/2018 | 27 comments

For the past several years, I’ve been diligently working to SLOWLY incorporate several healthier habits into my family’s daily life… and this year, I’ve decided that my “healthier habit” will not only be more nutritious for my family but also “healthier” for the environment.

I’m doing my best to pack low-waste lunches, and I’m sharing lots of great ideas and products in today’s post!